GOTG Editorial Changes

By Laura Braden

For the last five years, I’ve been proud to serve as editor and writer for GOTG. Today I’m announcing that I’ll be transitioning to an “advisory” position.

I recently started working for the Sacramento Kings, and while I’m thrilled to be part of an amazing organization at such a critical time in Sacramento’s history, I unfortunately no longer have the time needed to produce our lovely blog on a daily basis.

Julie Soderlund, Becky Warren and I created GOTG over a bottle of wine at 58 Degrees the summer of 2009. We asked over a dozen professional women to join us and launched November 2009. I vividly remember having a full panic attack the night before the blog went live – why are we making our personal lives so public? Who’s going to read it?

But what followed was a delightful surprise. Women (and some brave men) started approaching us at parties claiming to have read this and that column. We started receiving guest submissions. We started forging partnerships and friendships throughout town. And we had new women approach us wanting to become full-time writers.

GOTG has always served two purposes: 1) provide a creative outlet for (overworked) professional women and 2) serve as a platform for the local issues and topics that we care about. We believe that EVERYONE has a story worth sharing, and we want to cheerlead/applaud community leaders and small businesses that don’t get the attention they deserve. This is a blog produced by local women for local women – and I’m incredibly blessed to have been a part of it.

Now I’m not really going anywhere … my type-A-control-freak-nature won’t let me abandon my online baby completely. I’m simply going to stop writing/editing and help the ladies with community partnerships and content ideas as we continue to grow.

I want to thank them for taking on this challenge, every single person who’s ever contributed to GOTG and our readers for supporting us over the years. And without further adieu, let me introduce Sacramento to your newest GOTG editors! (click the picture for more information)

Chantel Elder


Chantel is the “heart” of GOTG. She and I met in a hot tub in Tahoe. She’s one of my oldest and dearest friends in Sacramento. She loves life and is open to any/all adventures. It would be hard to find anyone who has a bigger heart – she’s loyal to her friends and family and is ALWAYS there when you need her (even at 3am). She even flew to Tennessee just to turn around and drive a uHaul cross-country with me.

Lisa Murphy

559482_10151371728102218_1518752297_nLisa is the “brains” behind GOTG. We met after she reached out to become a full-time writer. She’s thoughtful, clever and has a heart of gold. You’ll likely find her on any given night networking at multiple events and receptions – she’s extremely dedicated to the community and pushing Sacramento forward.

Rachel Smith


Rachel is GOTG’s “wild card” – in the best way possible. She and I met on a friend’s porch party. I had admired her writing from afar and pestered her until she finally agreed to join GOTG. Rachel lives life loud and honest. What you see is what you get, which is beyond refreshing. Rachel could easily be the next Chelsea Handler or running her own PR firm…probably both.

Needless to say, GOTG is in very good hands with these ladies at the helm. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for our little blog!



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